Mac­quarie Towns Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Jim Scays­brook

Just as the dri­est July in Sydney for this cen­tury drew to a close, Sod’s Law man­dated that it would rain for the keenly-an­tic­i­pated Mac­quarie Towns Mo­tor­cy­cle Restora­tion & Preser­va­tion Club’s an­nual rally. Still, in the 13-year his­tory of the event, this was the first wet one. 149 en­trants, down a bit from pre­vi­ous years, gath­ered for the 9.30am start at the Up­per Hawkes­bury Power Boat Club on the banks of the Hawkes­bury River, as light but steady rain came down. Satur­day’s route took rid­ers along the pleas­ant coun­try roads north as far as Ma­roota be­fore loop­ing back to the morn­ing tea stop, ex­pertly catered for by the P&C group at Hill­side Pub­lic School on Cat­tai Ridge Road. Then it was off to Maraylya Park for lunch and judg­ing, with bikes di­vided into cat­e­gories rang­ing from Pre war to 2004. Din­ner and pre­sen­ta­tion took place at the Wind­sor RSL, and on Sun­day, the keener rid­ers backed up for a shorter run that started from the same spot and fin­ished at the White­wa­ter Sta­dium at Pen­rith. It was a very healthy turnout for the sec­ond day, with quite a few who had opted out of Satur­day’s driz­zle tak­ing ad­van­tage of the beau­ti­ful win­ter sun­shine. As al­ways, the or­gan­i­sa­tion was ex­cel­lent, with mar­shals on ev­ery main cor­ner in­di­cat­ing the way.

The Said ex­tended fam­ily are great sup­port­ers of the rally. From left to right: Is­abella Said, Martin Said (who rode de­spite suf­fer­ing three bro­ken ribs the pre­vi­ous day), Dan Tyson, Ben­jamin Said, Kevin Said, Paul Said, Rick Ebbels, Luke Said and...

King of the rally and win­ner of the Pre war cat­e­gory, Peter Wil­liams takes it easy through the rain on his 1938 BSA M22.

Steve Runnalls (the man from Rari­tees shirts) rode his neat BSA A65 Rocket.

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